If you watched the video above, you’re probably think “wow, how did this guy get elected into office?”
There’s so much wrong with this video and interview, that I don’t know where to start. So, to help, I’m gonna put them as bullet points
- Who the hell are you to take a decision on behalf of all of Dekwaneh? People elected you to take care of their infrastructure, not run a police state based on your personal homophobic tendencies
- On what grounds did you close that club? Do you have proof of any illegal activity there? Cause if there is, we’d like to know about it and we’ll fully endorse your brash decision
- You made them strip to take photos?! If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that’s sexual harassment and you enjoyed it
- On what grounds did you detain these 4 people? And under what jurisdiction did you allow yourself to force them to strip naked so you can “determine their sex”. Shu khassak?
- The derogatory terms used like “liwat” and “noss rejel” (the equivalent of “faggot” and “half-a-man”) are unbecoming of a high-ranking, elected official. They’re more suited between teenagers teasing each other after a few beers.
- You denied that soliciting sex was happening there, then why did you act in that manner? Because a guy wore a “tannoura”? Well, you’re wearing a pink shirt and have flowers next to you, is that illegal too?
- “Dekwene 2al3et el soomood” which translates to “Dekwaneh has always been a fortress of fortitude.” Fortress of fortitude against what exactly? What is that in reference to? Is the LGBT community in Lebanon forming a militia and attacking Dekweneh?
- “7arabna, defa3na 3an ardna w sharafna, mish ta yejo ashkas, ma3 i7tirame la 2ilon,yemken halla2 bi2oolooleh 7oo2oo2 insen w gahyro, ymerso heik ishya 3ande bil dekwene” This statement is riddled with cringe-worthy stuff.
- First, it translates roughly a “we fought, we defended our land and honor, not so certain people, with my respect to them since people might mention human rights and stuff, practice those things in my Dekweneh”. First, really? How the hell did you link the Lebanese Civil War with a gay club?
- Also, yeah, people are gonna talk about “human rights and stuff”, you know, since we’re humans and like rights. How would you like it if a group of gay people took you to a police station and made you strip butt-naked and take photos of you? And that’s without any legal premise, similar to the “virginity tests” administered in Hbeich after Maalouf’s infamous report.
- The last one, and the one I think most people in Dekweneh will find offensive, regardless if they’re homophobic or not, is that he said “3ande bil Dekwene” as if he inherited that city from his father. It’s not your Dekweneh, and lots of people in Dekweneh, in fact, most are open-minded and tolerant people: not homophobic, autocratic, misinformed and bigoted people drunk with power making people strip and taking photos.
My Two Cents
Get off homosexual people’s back (sexual innuendo not intended). Why do you care so deeply what they do with each other if it’s something you find gross and disgusting? What makes you think you have the right to dictate to people what they can and cannot do as consenting adults? Who are you to prosecute people for who they are, who they love and who loves them? What gives you the right to humiliate human beings in that way, with no reason but your bigoted and homophobic outlook on life?
As for the Lebanese penal code that states “unnatural sexual activities” are punishable offenses. If I was a lawyer, I’d argue that in the rest of the animal kingdom, plenty of species are well-known for having homosexual individuals and tendencies, so, it is not unnatural and thus, homosexuality does not apply when it comes to that article in the Lebanese penal code. Raping your daughter or sister or an underaged girl is considered unnatural, yet sanctioned by several religions in our beloved cesspool of religious control, so please, spare us the religious lecture on how that is wrong, but honor crimes are ok.
Also, I am not gay. I have never, and don’t expect to ever have romantic or sexual feelings for someone of the same sex (sorry gay people all around the world =P). However, I recognize and support gay people’s right to do that. Consenting adults who are not really harming anyone (what you perceive as morally unacceptable or religiously taboo, doesn’t qualify as hurting. Inserting sticks up people’s asses and making them strip nude and take photos though, is definitely harmful) should not be persecuted and humiliated, even tortured in this manner, in a country who participated in writing up the UN Charter for Human Rights…
Here’s the link to the Facebook Page of the Dekwene Municipality. Feel free to go all Anon on them (message them, report them, etc.)